After a ton of summer travel, it is refreshing to finally be in New York for a few consecutive weekends. My “brunch hit list” has been continuously growing and I’m excited to finally check some eateries off my list.
I met my friend Haley for brunch on a warm Sunday afternoon. Haley is a relatively new Williamsburg resident and wanted to explore her neighborhood eats. There were dozens of places on my hit list to choose from, but we finally landed on Walter Foods after positive reviews from a few friends and a quick peruse through its menu.
I was expecting a long wait due to its popularity so I was pleasantly surprised when we were seated immediately in the back patio. The restaurant was about half-full at 1:30 p.m, but again, it’s summer in New York, so many of its residents have escaped the concrete jungle for nearby beaches.
The ambiance at Walter Foods was relaxed and casual, a true neighborhood spot. The decor was minimal, which was a refreshing change for Williamsburg where many restaurants will try too hard to be cool.
Our pleasant and requisitely hip waiter immediately brought much-needed glasses of water and complimentary chocolate mini-muffins to our table. The muffins were fresh and moist, the perfect way to curb my ever-present sweet tooth. They were oddly served with ketchup on the side, but to each their own.
Haley and I had much to gab about so we started with a round of cocktails. Haley selected the bellini with fresh squeezed juice, while I went for a refreshing Aperol spritz. Both drinks were classically prepared and served quickly with a smile.
The menu at Walter Foods features traditional American breakfast fare such as omelettes, chicken and waffles, scrambles, and breakfast sandwiches. I don’t frequently eat red meat and uncharacteristically was drawn towards the steak and eggs. This entree was delicious and appeased my carnivorous craving.
The steak was thinly sliced and cooked perfectly medium rare. I appreciated the moderate serving size that allowed me to indulge, but not overeat. I ordered my eggs over easy, which mixed well with the steak, and enjoyed the light side salad as well.
Our server emphatically recommended the Benedicts so Haley went for the crabcake Benny. Her plate was piled high with giant crabcakes and eggs, prompting our neighbors to inquire about her impressive-looking order. As a Virginia native, she knows her crustaceans and gave this dish a thumbs up.
Haley went to school in the South and so ordered a side of cheese grits for the table. I’m no grits connoisseur, but these were phenomenal. The dish had a smooth, thick consistency and was topped with a generous helping of gooey cheese. Since my steak dish was on the lighter side, I didn’t hesitate to continue dipping my fork into the grits for more bites.
We departed Walter Foods fueled for an afternoon of shopping at Brooklyn Flea. Although I struck out with the antiques, at least brunch was a total win.
The Bitches say: A-. The classic American food was simple and delicious. Walter Foods is a great neighborhood spot that consistently delivers savory dishes with friendly service.
253 Grand St.
Brooklyn, New York
Walter Foods serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.